The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act sets up a statutory system that replaces common law negligence. From this act, workers injured on the job are entitled to certain rights regardless if the employer is negligent or at fault. These rights include high quality and fully paid medical care, compensation for time off work, and ultimately, a settlement. However, these are all limited by statute.
Despite the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act generally making the employer immune from any liability over the amount allowed by the statutes, other entities involved in causing the injury, can still be held liable.
“These other entities are what we call, third parties,” commented Mitchell W. Horwitz, a principal partner and head of the workers’ compensation department at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. Mitch has been named to the Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Lawyers by his peers through a survey conducted by LeadingLawyers, in addition to being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©.
Mitch continued, “With any work injury, our attorneys evaluate if there is a third-party involved that is liable for the accident. If our attorneys can demonstrate that the injury was partially caused by someone other than the employer, we are more likely to obtain full and substantial compensation for the injury against someone other than the employer.”
These third-party entities could be a general contractor or other contractor who failed to provide adequate safety on the job or safely coordinate the work, a product manufacturer who designed unsafe equipment, or even an architect who failed to design a safe working environment.
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